Johannes Van Rensburg, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Johannes Van Rensburg

South African politician

Date of Birth: 24-Sep-1898

Place of Birth: Winburg, Free State, South Africa

Date of Death: 25-Sep-1966

Profession: lawyer, politician

Nationality: South Africa

Zodiac Sign: Libra

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About Johannes Van Rensburg

  • Johannes Frederik Janse Van Rensburg (known as Hans) (24 September 1898 – 25 September 1966) was a South African lawyer, and leader of the Ossewabrandwag. He was born in Winburg and died in Cape Town and was a descendant of the Loyalist Johannes Frederik Janse Van Rensburg.
  • He received his MA in German from University of Stellenbosch, and his bachelor's and doctor's degrees in law from University of Pretoria. Van Rensburg qualified as a solicitor and was hired as the personal secretary of Tielman Roos, the Minister of Justice.
  • In 1933, he became Secretary of Justice (under Smuts as Minister).
  • As Secretary, he traveled overseas.
  • In Germany, he met Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, and other top Nazi officials.
  • He was greatly impressed with Hitler's leadership and the discipline he observed in Germany. In 1938, he helped organize the Ossewabrandwag as a vehicle for Afrikaner nationalism though often at odds with the National Party, the main driver of Afrikaner Nationalism.
  • Van Rensburg was the commander general of the Ossewabrandwag from 1941 until 1952.
  • Like most members of the Ossewabrandwag, he was regarded as a German sympathizer during the Second World War. Van Rensburg died on 25 September 1966 in Cape Town, and was buried with military honors.

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